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International Jazz Day

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It’s official: Osaka will serve as the Global Host City of the International Jazz Day 2014. On April 30th, legendary pianist, keyboardist and composer Herbie Hacock, who is also the UNESCO GOODWILL AMBASSADOR, will headline an all-star concert at the magnificent Osaka Castle Park highlighting the third annual International Jazz Day.

The International Jazz Day is a yearly event organized by UNESCO to celebrate “the virtues of jazz as an educational too, and a force for peace, unity, dialogue and enhanced cooperation among people”. For three years, April 30th has been synonym of joy and live jazz events around the world.

Osaka, Japan’s Jazz Mecca

 

Osaka Castle

The Osaka Castle is one of Japan’s most popular landmarks | Picture Credits: www.osaka-info.jp/

After last year’s main celebration took place in Istanbul, it was announced yesterday that the global host city of the International Jazz Day 2014 will be Osaka. Osaka is Japan’s third largest city and one of the country’s most important cultural sites. Because of its tradition and legendary history as Japan’s “jazz mecca” in the early to mid 1920s, the city appears to be an ideal choice to serve as the International Jazz Day Global Host City.

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova and legendary pianist and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock announced that the all-star concert, main event of the International Jazz Day, will take place at the Osaka Castle Park, by the magnificent Osaka Castle.

Herbie Hancock reckoned he has performed more often in Japan than in his hometown Chicago during his career. The choice of Osaka, he added, is an opportunity to show appreciation for Japanese jazz fans, who have been among the world’s greatest jazz supporters. “Japanese audiences are very loyal,” said Hancock, interviewed ahead of Tuesday’s official announcement of the International Jazz Day program. “In Japan, art is really placed on a high level, and jazz is really honoured and accepted as being a fine music — much more in comparison to the States.”

Hancock first performed in Japan with Miles Davis’ quintet in 1964 and has toured the country for decades.

International Jazz Day 2014: All-Star Concert

On April 30th, the International Jazz Day celebrations will kick off at the Osaka School of Music with day-long series of education programs, discussion panels, film screenings and dance performances. The day will conclude with a free outdoor concert for up to 12,000 in the park set against the backdrop of the historic Osaka Castle. The performance will also be streamed live worldwide.

The lineup of stars set to perform on International Jazz Day features Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Kenny Garrett, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Gregory Porter, Roy Hargrove, Marcus Miller, Esperanza Spalding, smooth jazz guitarist Earl Klugh, jazz-rock guitar’s ace John Scofield, pianist-composer Toshiko Akiyoshi and her husband, saxophonist-flutist Lew Tabackin, and veteran Japanese trumpeter Terumasa Hino.

Have a musical preview with music by stars of the International Jazz Day 2014

 

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Just like in previous years, the International Jazz Day 2014 will feature events all around the world. Click here to see the list of the events that have been so far. While you wait for April 30th to come, have a musical preview with the music of the International Jazz Day 2014 headliners and have a look at this video from last year’s gala concert in Istanbul

 

 


The complete list of events organized during International Jazz Day can be found here

Happy International Jazz Day everybody!!!


Event Details:

International Jazz Day, April 30th

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